Panamanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - American Shipbuilding Co, Detroit MI|
|Owner||Sud Americano de Vapores SA, Panama|
|Date of attack||28 Feb 1942||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-129 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)|
|Position||8° 08'N, 55° 14'W - Grid EO 3774|
|Complement||25 (24 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Rio de Janeiro - Trinidad - Canada|
|History||Completed in November 1919 as Lake Fairfax for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1932 transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers and used as a suction dredger for flood control projects on the Mississippi River. 1940 returned to cargo service as Bayou for Bayou SS Corp (Smith & Johnson), New Orleans. 1941 registered in Panama. |
|Notes on event|
At 07.45 hours on 28 Feb 1942 the unescorted Bayou was hit forward by one G7a torpedo from U-129 and sank within 25 seconds about 140 miles north of Paramaribo. The U-boat had chased the ship for 18 hours and missed with a first G7a torpedo because it was a surface runner at 04.06 hours. The Germans observed a man on a raft at the sinking position but left without questioning him. At noon on 5 March, the only survivor was rescued in 07°36N/58°05W and taken to Georgetown.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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